Tonight is when NYC needs Batman

Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight looks at when NYC most closely resembles Gotham.

O’Neil said “Batman’s Gotham City is Manhattan below Fourteenth street at eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November.” And by that metric, tonight is most often the night that New York is its most Gotham-esque: In seven of the past 50 years, Nov. 30 was the coldest night of the month.

Love the last sentence.

November 30, 2015

Wu-Tang’s secret album sold

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, The Wu-Tang Clan’s secret double-album, has been sold.

Yet the group chose an unusual launch strategy, deciding to release only one copy of the record. The goal: to return the value of music, which has been lowered by the advent of streaming and piracy, to the level of other types of fine art.

It was sold to a “private American collector” for a price in the millions. They’ve done a very good job keeping it from leaking.

November 25, 2015

White Album #1 up for auction

The first pressing of The Beatles White Album, which was given to Ringo Starr, is up for auction.

It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that Starr was given the No.0000001 album. Starr has stated that he kept this album in a bank vault in London for over 35 years. Up to this time the lowest numbered UK first mono pressing album to come to market is No.0000005, which sold in 2008 for just under $30,000. This No.0000001 UK first mono pressing owned by a member of the Beatles is the lowest and most desirable copy that will ever become available.

It’s got a bumped corner. That should really affect the price.

November 24, 2015

Bangkok now has the world’s longest half-marathon

A mistake lengthened the Bangkok half-marathon to almost 17 miles.

He said race officials responsible for pointing runners in the right direction inadvertently directed them to make a U-turn at the wrong place.

“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.”

November 16, 2015

The Pike Place gum wall gets cleaned

The Atlantic’s In Focus brings us pictures of Seattle’s Pike Place gum wall, which was cleaned.

How does something like that become a thing?

November 16, 2015

On language

Slate looks at when “boo” became a scary word, and what word other languages use.

Perhaps the first appearance of boo in print comes from the book-length polemic Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence Display’d (1738), in which author Gilbert Crokatt defines it as , “a word that’s used in the north of Scotland to frighten crying children.” (It’s not clear why people in Scotland would want to frighten a crying child.)

If you found that even mildly interesting, I encourage you to listen to Slate’s Lexicon Valley episodes about “fuck” and “pussy”.

November 15, 2015

Cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunite

The cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunited on Today for the 44th anniversary of the movie.

God I hated Veruca Salt.

November 15, 2015

Guns N’ Roses reuniting?

Rumor has it that Guns N’ Roses will reunite and tour next year.

Guitarist Slash ​has confirmed that he ​and lead singer​ Axl Rose have​​ ​reconciled after ​almost a decade of ​arguments and now Los Angeles music insiders close to the band say they ​have tentatively​ agreed to perform together again in 2016.

First Playboy now GNR? This is the end-times people. Maybe those batshit crazy rapture believers are on to something?

(I’ll believe it when I see it)

November 11, 2015

The New Yorker Doesn’t Understand Batman

November 8, 2015 at 12:00pm • Zero comments

The above cartoon was published on page 73 of the November 9, 2015 issue of The New Yorker and was drawn by Danny Shanahan.

I’m not sure what’s going on over at that once fine publication, but clearly their fact-checking department is failing them.

Everyone knows that Bruce Wayne, along with his mother, Martha, and father, Thomas, were walking through an alley after attending a showing of Mark of Zorro, when they were accosted by a thief who attempted to rob them. While it is unclear if Martha was shot or had a heart attack when Thomas was shot, one thing is clear: she died as a result of the robbery. Bruce, heartbroken, decided that he would wage war on criminals; he trained extensively in martial arts, mastered detective skills, and adopted the persona of a bat to prey on the fears of criminals.

How could they get it so wrong?

Also, Bruce Wayne doesn’t have a sister.

Roger Moore’s martini

Roger Moore gives us his recipe for the perfect martini, which includes this little zinger:

The worst martini I’ve ever had was in a club in New Zealand, where the barman poured juice from a bottle of olives into the vodka. That’s called a dirty martini and it is a dirty, filthy, rotten martini, and should not be drunk by anybody except condemned prisoners.

You know, I’ve never really liked martinis, but I’ll give this one a shot just to see if it makes a difference.

November 4, 2015